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I make stuff smell for Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Black Phoenix Trading Post.

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    markruffalo:

MUST WATCH MOVIES
Catherine Keener and I made a list of must-watch movies for Hailee Steinfeld while filming ‘Begin Again’. Here are some of my favorites. 
The Philadelphia Story
Sweet and funny, it’s the perfect capsule of that time period. 

Chinatown
Great career-making performances from Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, with a Polish director [Roman Polanski] delivering the best of American filmmaking with a French flair. 

Best In Show
Catherine O’Hara leads a cast of comediennes that are beautiful and sexy and funny and loose and absolutely delicious. 

    markruffalo:

    MUST WATCH MOVIES

    Catherine Keener and I made a list of must-watch movies for Hailee Steinfeld while filming ‘Begin Again’. Here are some of my favorites. 

    The Philadelphia Story

    Sweet and funny, it’s the perfect capsule of that time period. 

    Chinatown

    Great career-making performances from Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, with a Polish director [Roman Polanski] delivering the best of American filmmaking with a French flair. 

    Best In Show

    Catherine O’Hara leads a cast of comediennes that are beautiful and sexy and funny and loose and absolutely delicious. 

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    dunebat:

coldswarkids:

edwardspoonhands:

thelegendofkungjew:

doxian:

d-dinosaur:

rknjl:

newvagabond:

NO “TELEPHONES”. TALK TO EACH OTHER. FACE TO FACE ONLY. WRITE A LETTER. SEND A TELEGRAM TO YOUR MOM. PRETEND IT’S 1860. LIVE.

NO ‘WRITING’… TALK TO EACH OTHER. THROW A ROCK AT YOUR MOM. PRETEND IT’S 10,000 BCE.  LIVE.

URGGA. ROU GRAAURH. RUH.
<SMACKS HANDS ON WALL WITH PAINT.>

NO ‘HIGHER BRAIN FUNCTIONS’ …USE YOUR REPTILIAN BRAIN
EAT YOUR MOM’S CORPSE SHE DIED TO PROVIDE YOU WITH SUSTENANCE
PRETEND YOU HAVE JUST AROSE FROM THE SEA
SURVIVE

NO “MULTICELLULAR TRAITS”….. USE YOUR SYMBIOTIC MITOCHONDRIA
REPRODUCE ASEXUALLY, YOU’RE YOUR OWN PARENT
PRETEND IT’S 2BYA
EVOLVE

NO “LIFE.” USE FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICAL FORCES TO FORM SPHERICAL OBJECTS REVOLVING AROUND ONE ANOTHER IN SPACE. 
FUSE HYDROGEN INTO HELIUM USING GRAVITATIONAL PRESSURE TO PRODUCE HEAT AND LIGHT. 
PRETEND IT’S 4.5BYA.
STABILIZE INTO EQUILIBRIA

NO “MATTER”.  EXIST IN THE VOID WITHOUT PURPOSE OR MEANING.
THERE IS NO “YOU”, ONLY THE VAST CONCEPT OF NOTHING.
TIME DOES NOT EXIST.
BE.

Wow.

    dunebat:

    coldswarkids:

    edwardspoonhands:

    thelegendofkungjew:

    doxian:

    d-dinosaur:

    rknjl:

    newvagabond:

    NO “TELEPHONES”. TALK TO EACH OTHER. FACE TO FACE ONLY. WRITE A LETTER. SEND A TELEGRAM TO YOUR MOM. PRETEND IT’S 1860. LIVE.

    NO ‘WRITING’… TALK TO EACH OTHER. THROW A ROCK AT YOUR MOM. PRETEND IT’S 10,000 BCE.  LIVE.

    URGGA. ROU GRAAURH. RUH.

    <SMACKS HANDS ON WALL WITH PAINT.>

    NO ‘HIGHER BRAIN FUNCTIONS’ …USE YOUR REPTILIAN BRAIN

    EAT YOUR MOM’S CORPSE SHE DIED TO PROVIDE YOU WITH SUSTENANCE

    PRETEND YOU HAVE JUST AROSE FROM THE SEA

    SURVIVE

    NO “MULTICELLULAR TRAITS”….. USE YOUR SYMBIOTIC MITOCHONDRIA

    REPRODUCE ASEXUALLY, YOU’RE YOUR OWN PARENT

    PRETEND IT’S 2BYA

    EVOLVE

    NO “LIFE.” USE FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICAL FORCES TO FORM SPHERICAL OBJECTS REVOLVING AROUND ONE ANOTHER IN SPACE. 

    FUSE HYDROGEN INTO HELIUM USING GRAVITATIONAL PRESSURE TO PRODUCE HEAT AND LIGHT. 

    PRETEND IT’S 4.5BYA.

    STABILIZE INTO EQUILIBRIA

    NO “MATTER”.  EXIST IN THE VOID WITHOUT PURPOSE OR MEANING.

    THERE IS NO “YOU”, ONLY THE VAST CONCEPT OF NOTHING.

    TIME DOES NOT EXIST.

    BE.

    Wow.

    (Source: agirlandhisplatypus)

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    blackphoenixalchemylab:

    cbldf

    Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is proud to sponsor the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s San Diego Comic Con Welcome Party! We will have a small vending space at the event, where we will be selling a selection of scents whose proceeds go to the CBLDF, including two event exclusives:

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    gothiccharmschool:

    Here they are, the last 4 reviews for the Only Lovers Left Alive scents by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab! Thank you again to the wonderful folks at BPAL for sending them to me. 

    HAL: Saffron-infused bourbon vanilla, blackened honey, Kashmir wood, Atlas cedar, ambrette seed, hay, and Egyptian jasmine absolute

    This opens with sweet fruits, sticky with dark honey. The Kashmir wood and Atlas cedar help tame the sweetness, while the saffron-infused bourbon vanilla adds a sharp, glimmering edge to the scent. It evokes my childhood imaginings of what the Turkish Delight the White Witch tempted Edmund smelled like.

    THE EDGE OF DOOM:

    Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,

    But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

    If this be error and upon me proved,

    I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

    The night flight from Tangier: drops of spilled blood color the antiseptic, bland, plastic paleness of the fuselage, with violet leaf for longing, rosemary for reminiscences, and black opoponax for apprehension. This is a strangely compelling scent. It does have notes of blood and plastic, somehow. But those notes become a background for the creeping green notes of the violet leaf and rosemary. Something man-made, abandoned for years in an overgrown field. To me, this is the scent of being unable to concentrate because of sleep-deprivation. It’s not unpleasant, but it certainly feels like going round and round in lonely circles inside my own head.

    DIAMOND STAR: Ambergris accord, guiac wood, white benzoin, immortelle, and Somalian myrrh

    This is a scent is something that glitters. It’s not sharp or cold, but it is remote and twinkling. Distant warmth and light, as sweet and delicate as holiday lights seen through a frosty window.

     THE DIAMOND’S GONG: A celestial hymn, singing to Earth from fifty light years away: ten billion-trillion-trillion-carats of glittering white musk, with cognac, tagetes, white champaca, Gum Arabic, and davana

    This smells like how I’ve always hoped champagne would taste. Sweet and glittering, with effervescent bubbles tickling your nose. This and Diamond Star are mirror images of each other, which is appropriate. Both are filled with light, but while Diamond Star is warm and hazy, The Diamond’s Gong has a shivery and metallic resonance to it.

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    gothiccharmschool:

    OUR HEARTS CONDEMN US: Keralan teakwood, Bulgarian rose otto, Himalayan cedar, and oudh.

    This is a small wooden treasure chest, covered in dark-stained carvings of twining leaves. When you lift the lid, inside are the powdery fragments of dried petals from every rose you ever have and ever will receive.

    THE HOURGLASS:

    “I feel like all the sands are at the bottom of the hourglass.”

    "Turn it over, then."

    The white roses and orange blossoms of hope penetrating despair’s black fog of opoponax, black myrrh, bruised violet, clove, funereal lily, and grief-struck carrot seed.

    "Despair’s black fog" is right - the opening of this scent is dark, and evokes the almost giddy-yet-poisonous feeling of giving in to despair and hopelessness. The the roses and orange blossom break through, sweetening the lows. This scent, in a way, smells like hope. It doesn’t ignore or cover up the sadness at its heart, but it doesn’t stay there.

    (I wish I could send a bottle of this back to myself in 2011, because it might have made that horrible year a little more bearable.)

    IN TEMPLUM DEI: Oman frankincense, cistus labdanum, white sandalwood, and liquidambar.

    This is sugared incense. Anoint the hollow of your throat with this, and breathe deep of the sandalwood and frankincense, while the sweetness of the mixture swirls around you like a drop of gold ink in water.

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    gothiccharmschool:

    CAFÉ MILLE ET UNE NUITS: Shisha and thick coffee brewed with cardamom pods, cinnamon, clove, black pepper, and nutmeg.

    This smells like the best, most decadent tiramisu ever dreamed of. Dark, honey-thick coffee, with bright bursts of pepper and the almost floral taste of cardamom. Scrumptious, and fills me with an overwhelming craving for a cup of good coffee. (More than usual, I mean.) This scent makes me vexed that there has been no coffee scent ever made that works with my body chemistry.

    THIS IS YOUR WILDERNESS: Honeyed patchouli with cypress, black pine, and tobacco absolute.

    The sharp, prickly bite of pine needles and green leaves rustling in the darkness, rooted in soil so dark it’s sweet and sticky. The tobacco absolute drifts through it all. This is a scent for all the dryads who flaunted centuries of tradition and struck out for the big city. Defiant trees inexorably dismantling the strip malls around them.

    THERE’S WATER HERE This place will rise again. The wisdom of eternity imparting a glimmer of hope through the grace of eternal renewal: the wild glory of nature bursting through cement, metal, and urban despair, purified by the waters of Lake St. Clair.

    Lots of different types of water: still ponds, lakes, rain dripping down from abandoned buildings and collecting in puddles that reflect streetlights in an oily sheen. As time rushes on, it becomes impossible to pick out which type of water it smells like; just water-drenched greenery and concrete.

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    gothiccharmschool:

    Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Only Lovers Left Alive Reviews! Starting with our immortal lovers, of course, and a bonus track of my favorite scent from the entire collection. 

    EVE: This perfume opens with a cloud of roses gilded with honey and saffron, warm and inviting. As time goes on, it deepens into a lingering breath of incense and the barest touch of bitter greenery, but always anchored by the sweet dust that belongs to stacks of old, much-loved books.

    ADAMLeather and dust, and the smell of empty rooms full of memory. As time passes, there’s a hint of salt, as if from unshed tears. The growing warmth of the wood of musical instruments almost mask it, but it circles back to the scent memory of a leather jacket worn on a cold night.

    BLOOD POPSICLEThe good stuff”. Honey and amber and salt, wrapped in blood-red velvet. The perfume version of a shiver of delight. Send bottles of this to me in tribute, for it is possibly the best thing I’ve ever smelled. 

    Thank you to Beth and everyone at BPAL for sending me this collection for review! Go! Purchase gorgeous scents! (Send me all the Blood Popsicle!)

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    The Soundtrack scents for Only Lovers Left Alive were a tremendous joy to work on. The score is phenomenal: it is heart-clutchingly atmospheric - dark and moody, desolate and languid. The creation of the soundtrack scents involved hours of analyzing each track while attempting to not only capture the tone of the music itself, but to also emphasize the structure of the rhythm, pitch, tempo, and texture of the sound through scent. STREETS OF DETROITBlack musk accord, Ethiopian myrrh, and motor oil.FUNNEL OF LOVE17-year aged black patchouli, champaca flower, cardamom bud, green coriander, Haitian vetiver, red vegetal musk, black pepper, night-blooming jasmine, and leather.DIAMOND STARAmbergris accord, guiac wood, white benzoin, immortelle, and Somalian myrrh.IN TEMPLUM DEIOman frankincense, cistus labdanum, white sandalwood, and liquidambar.OUR HEARTS CONDEMN USKeralan teakwood, Bulgarian rose otto, Himalayan cedar, and oudh.HALSaffron-infused bourbon vanilla, blackened honey, Kashmir wood, Atlas cedar, ambrette seed, hay, and Egyptian jasmine absolute.THIS IS YOUR WILDERNESSHoneyed patchouli with cypress, black pine, and tobacco absolute.

(I have the soundtrack on cd and the red vinyl gatefold edition. If ever there was a soundtrack worth buying twice, this is it.)
The soundtrack features SQÜRL, Jozef Van Wissem, Yasmine Hamdan, and Zola Jesus.http://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-category/only-lovers-left-alive/

    The Soundtrack scents for Only Lovers Left Alive were a tremendous joy to work on. The score is phenomenal: it is heart-clutchingly atmospheric - dark and moody, desolate and languid. The creation of the soundtrack scents involved hours of analyzing each track while attempting to not only capture the tone of the music itself, but to also emphasize the structure of the rhythm, pitch, tempo, and texture of the sound through scent.

    STREETS OF DETROIT
    Black musk accord, Ethiopian myrrh, and motor oil.


    FUNNEL OF LOVE
    17-year aged black patchouli, champaca flower, cardamom bud, green coriander, Haitian vetiver, red vegetal musk, black pepper, night-blooming jasmine, and leather.


    DIAMOND STAR
    Ambergris accord, guiac wood, white benzoin, immortelle, and Somalian myrrh.


    IN TEMPLUM DEI
    Oman frankincense, cistus labdanum, white sandalwood, and liquidambar.


    OUR HEARTS CONDEMN US
    Keralan teakwood, Bulgarian rose otto, Himalayan cedar, and oudh.


    HAL
    Saffron-infused bourbon vanilla, blackened honey, Kashmir wood, Atlas cedar, ambrette seed, hay, and Egyptian jasmine absolute.


    THIS IS YOUR WILDERNESS
    Honeyed patchouli with cypress, black pine, and tobacco absolute.


    (I have the soundtrack on cd and the red vinyl gatefold edition. If ever there was a soundtrack worth buying twice, this is it.)

    The soundtrack features SQÜRL, Jozef Van Wissem, Yasmine Hamdan, and Zola Jesus.


    http://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-category/only-lovers-left-alive/

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    gothiccharmschool:

    A Woggle of Witches.

    (Source: nastyzion)

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    gothiccharmschool:

    febricant:

    misspryss:

    febricant:

    sihayadesigns:

    martiancake:

    seems legit.

    Zoolander: the gift that keeps giving.

    This is everything I have ever wanted from the internet

    All I can think about now is how Bucky’s last mission before CA:TWS required that he go to a bunch of gross music industry parties undercover as a male model and his dead-eyed shrug in response to all attempts at conversation made him the #1 most popular hipster in the room no matter where he ended up. 

    "Do you like this band?"

    [shrug]

    "Sighhhhhhhhh"

    "So like, do you do your own hair?"

    [silence intensifies]

    This is possibly the best crack!canon I’ve seen yet. I am here for this. Someone please write the crossover where Natasha and Steve have to go undercover as editorial assistants for Vogue.

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    kalany:

    zelamish:

    lotstone:

    aliensnipe:

    What if there were women’s cleanliness products that were marketed the way Old Spice stuff is? Like they had names like “Lioness” and “Sycamore” and “Wildfire” and “Hunter’s Moon” and they were touted as making you smell like a warrior queen who does not suffer fools and conquers all she beholds

    i want this

    GODDAMN DO I EVER WANT THIS.

    This advertising strategy would work on me.

    Isn’t that BPAL? We’re Old Spice for cool chicks. I mean hey - we literally had a Warrior Queens line.

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    This is pretty much why I&#8217;ve been AWOL for the past few months. As of last night, our Only Lovers Left Alive series is live (undead?) and I could not be happier. Working with this film was a tremendous privilege, and I hope that y&#8217;all love the scents as much as I love the movie and its phenomenal soundtrack.

Once I catch my breath, I&#8217;ll blog a bit about the process.

    This is pretty much why I’ve been AWOL for the past few months. As of last night, our Only Lovers Left Alive series is live (undead?) and I could not be happier. Working with this film was a tremendous privilege, and I hope that y’all love the scents as much as I love the movie and its phenomenal soundtrack.

    Once I catch my breath, I’ll blog a bit about the process.

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    blackphoenixalchemylab:

    Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab presents — Only Lovers Left Alive

    Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is thrilled to present a series of scents based on Jim Jarmusch’s critically acclaimed film and soundtrack, ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE.

    ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE tells the tale…

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